1. Newsletter: August 2017

    August 22, 2017

    We Can’t Wait to See You!

    Welcome new and returning students! We hope your summer was empowering and invigorating, because we have a lot of exciting work to do this year. We will continue offering opportunities in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management, and we look forward to returning to Detroit for an exciting new Social Impact Challenge.

    Join us at the Ross School of Business in Room B1580 on Thursday Sep. 7 at 4:30 pm for the Center for Social Impact Student Kickoff to learn about the Center’s offerings and meet fellow Social Impact students from Ross and other schools.

    Following the Kickoff, stop by the Social Impact Happy Hour hosted jointly by the Center and Net Impact @ Ross at 5:30 pm for food and drinks at Dominick’s, nearby.


    Learn about the Board Fellowship Program

    The Center for Social Impact’s Board Fellowship program places top graduate students as board members at Southeast Michigan nonprofits. The application, which includes a complete list of participating organizations, is available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 15 at noon. 

    You must attend one of the info sessions below in order to apply for 2017-18:

    First preference will be given to students enrolled in BA 601, “Governance of Nonprofits” (Fall B semester), which provides an academic foundation for the Board Fellows program.


    Invaluable experiences

    Internships are an important part of the work that the Center for Social Impact does. Students who engage in internships are consistently amazed at the passion and purpose of the impact organizations with which they partner. Students are challenged to apply business learning to ambiguous organizational challenges. It requires a level of flexibility and insight to be successful. In a new article, six interns share highlights from their summers.



    Scholarship Donors Pay a Visit to the Center

    In June, Skip (MBA ’73) and Carrie (MBA ’90) Gordon visited the Center for Social Impact on their way home from Traverse City. They currently provide a $5,000 scholarship to an MBA2 every academic year. Recipients of this scholarship demonstrate an outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges by leveraging their learning. During their visit, the Gordons announced the gift of a new endowment to continue providing scholarships for MBA students engaged with the Center for Social Impact. The Center for Social Impact appreciates their generous support!


    Where You Can Find Us This Month

    We look forward to saying “hi” to new students at one of the following sessions:

    Ford School of Public Policy
    Student Organizations Fair
    Aug 29: 1:30 – 4 pm

    School of Social Work
    Information Fair
    Sep. 6: Noon – 1:30 pm

    Taubman School of Architecture
    Welcome Picnic
    Sep. 8: 11:30 am – 1 pm



    Ross Open Road Hits a New High

    Three teams of Ross Open Road MBAs, sponsored by the Center for Social Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute, spent five weeks in May helping 14 social entrepreneurs across the U.S. with the business challenges they face. The program, in its second year, is showing steadily increasing popularity at Ross, going from two teams to three this year. To find out what they learned, read the article or skim their many blog posts.


    Ross BBAs Set Out to Prove that Business Can Change the World

    The Center for Social Impact was pleased to launch a new internship program, called Change Agents, for undergraduates this summer. Students participated in a one-week orientation, followed by nine-week summer internships with social impact organizations. Some of the students’ takeaways are covered elsewhere in this newsletter, but check out the Ross news article to find out more!


    Key Events

    Center for Social Impact
    Kickoff & Happy Hour
    Sept 7, 2017

    Board Fellowship (Ross)
    Info Session
    Sept 12, 2017

    Board Fellowship (Ford)
    Info Session
    Sept 13, 2017


    Community News & Events

    Net Impact @ Ross Seeking Members

    Net Impact @ Ross (NI@R) is welcoming new members.  If you sign up, you are joining a group of student leaders that want to use business to change the world, and the NI@R board can help you figure out just what that means for you. As a member, you can look forward to receiving full access to all of NI@R’s events, programs, speakers and workshops to help you make the most of your time at Ross, increase your exposure to new topics and land that perfect job.

    Membership Signup


    Detroit Design Summit

    Sept 8-15, @ College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

    The Detroit City of Design Summit is an annual convening of design partners and professionals from Detroit and beyond to celebrate the past, present, and future potential for design to drive equitable and sustainable growth in Detroit. Part conference, part exhibition, and part interactive workshops, the 2017 Detroit City of Design Summit will offer an overview on progress and future plans for the Detroit City of Design initiative

    Summit details



    UM Bicentennial – Detroit Festival

    Sept 15, @ Detroit, MI

    Mark your calendar for a day of special events commemorating the University of Michigan’s 1817 founding in Detroit. The Detroit Festival will celebrate and reflect upon U-M’s connections to the city in the past, present and future.  The day begins with the Bicentennial Detroit Seminar, followed by a Bicentennial Founding Ceremony in Grand Circus Park.

    Festival details


    Marching Forward: Social Justice Then and Now

    Sept 21 @ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

    The International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative—co-directed by Professor Michelle Bellino—and the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series are hosting an event featuring Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. They will present about their National Book Award-winning graphic novel trilogy March, which recounts Lewis’s first-hand experience in the Civil Rights movement.

    Event Info



    Sept 22 @ Michigan League, Ann Arbor, MI

    Entrepalooza 2017 will focus on the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship – what does it really take to start a business? From the start, entrepreneurs must think about their approach to partnering, financing, marketing, hiring and operating. Entrepalooza 2017 welcomes keynote speaker Veronika Scott, Founder & CEO of the Empowerment Plan.

    Event Info